localism: Winter Solstice and the silence of the surf - 12/22/11 12:03 PM
It was a beautiful day in Port Orford, clear skies, a brisk chill in the air, and a silent surf as the sun directly shown on the Tropic of Capricorn and cast a silvery light on the waters near Battle Rock

 
It was another beautiful winter day at the top of the banana belt on the southern Oregon coast.

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localism: Strengths of Port Orford - Port Orford Oregon 97465 - 04/28/09 08:11 AM
A prospective buyer from California recently asked: "What kind of town is Port Orford?"  I spoke about the natural beauty of the area then explained that in my opinion the people in Port Orford are its greatest strength. I shared with him my own experience about how open and accepting the community was when my wife and I arrived back in 2005 and how supportive our new friends and neighbors were when my wife needed major surgery to restore her to good health. Then I shared my sense of our community's spirit and our community's sense of place, He decided he needed to experience Port Orford first hand and is scheduling a visit … (0 comments)

localism: Roof Moss - Leaks & Loss of Your Homeowner's Ins Port Orford, OR 97465 - 03/27/09 05:52 AM
In the Pacific Northwest moss growing on your roof can affect the water tight integrity of your roof and if it gets too bad your insurance company may cancel your insurance policy or refuse to renew your homeowner's insurance until the moss is properly removed and the roof is inspected (FYI - Insurance companies will periodically check homes that they have insured).
As in any home maintenance or repair project, if you have any questions consult a professional. For your information, I have provided some roof maintenance tips below.
An ounce of prevention ... The best prevention for roof moss is … (0 comments)

localism: Directory of Elected Officials in the State Govt. Port Orford, OR 97465 - 03/25/09 05:56 PM
It has never been more important for each and everyone of us to communicate to our elected officials about issues, priorities, programs, legislation, budget, and appointments. If you live in Port Orford I have provided the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and email addresses of your elected representatives in the State Govt.
Governor
Ted Kulongoski
160 State Capitol
900 Court St.
Salem, OR 97301-4047
T | 503-378-4582
F | 503-378-6827
E | representative.citizen@state.or.us
E | www.governor.state.or.us
 
Secretary of State
Kate Brown
136 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97301-0722
 
T | 503-986-1523
F | 503-986-1616
E | oregon.sos@state.or.us
E | … (2 comments)

localism: Directory of Elected Officials in the Federal Govt. Port Orford, OR 97465 - 03/25/09 05:42 PM
It has never been more important for each and everyone of us to communicate to our elected officials about issues, priorities, programs, legislation, budget, and appointments. If you live in Port Orford I have provided the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and email addresses of your elected representatives in the Federal Govt.PresidentBarack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvannia Ave NWWashington, DC 20500T | 202-456-1414F | 202-456-2461E | www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Vice PresidentDr. Joe BidenThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave NWWashington, DC 20500T | 202-456-1414F | 202-456-2461E | www.whitehouse.gov/vice-presidentUS SenatorsJeff MerkleySDB-40B Dirksen Senate Office BldgWashington, DC 20510T | 202-224-3753F | 202-228-3997E | merkley.senate.gov/contactOregon OfficeOne World Trade … (0 comments)

localism: The Sinking Appeal of a Gourmet Burger - 03/24/09 07:06 PM
The misadventures of Nana Jan,
Nana Jan was inspired by her cooking muse and was carefully crafting a gourmet burger from some locally grown organic beef. She added garlic, basil, and goat cheese to the beef and methodically worked the ingredients until they were evenly blended. She carefully pressed these gourmet fixings into 3 thick patties while she seasoned the foreman grill with olive oil spray and sliced sweet onions. Nana removed the onions when they were golden brown and then placed the burgers evenly across the foreman grill. As the burgers cooked Nana sliced 2 vine ripened tomatoes and moved … (2 comments)

localism: The First Day of Spring Was Not Disappointing - 03/22/09 06:38 AM
We had a spectacularly weatherful day here in Port Orford. Mother Nature appeared to be conflicted by Winter and Spring atmospherics. Consequently, we received intermittent rain, hail, and blue skies with beautiful long arching rainbows, loud surf, and greening pastures.
The air was clean and enlivening, the baby lambs would run and play chase then rest beside their mothers and baby calves would stray then go chasing after their mothers trying to stay close as they grazed on the newly grown grasses.
It was a joyful day that my wife and I shared with each other. Then later, during the early … (3 comments)

localism: Masked Cat Food Bandits Port Orford, OR 97465 - 03/04/09 04:36 PM
Every winter these adorable critters come around scavaging for food in our neighborhood in the coastal forest. This photo was taken only moments after these two masked bandits made a raid on our cats' Whiskas bowl. I don't know who was more startled, these hungry adolescent critters or my wife who went out to take the bowl inside. We don't make a practice of feeding them and we don't encourage others to feed them but we do enjoy their visits. Racoons are playful and rolly-polly. We love to watch them play and listen to their churring sounds. If you haven't heard … (6 comments)

localism: Community Radio in Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/23/09 04:50 PM
According to Linda Tarr, when the rare opportunity to apply for a full-power FM radio construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission arose, North Curry Families' and Children's Center agreed to be the 501C3 organization to respond.  This was the beginning of North Curry Community Radio.
While working through the FCC's permitting process, North Curry Community Radio partnered with the Rural Design Collective, a remote mentoring program with a local focus, designed to help motivated, creative people begin a career on the Internet. This partnership resulted in the website www.nccradio.org.
By visiting their website, one can get a clear sense of … (0 comments)

localism: Theatre 101 Opens With Another Hit Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/20/09 05:00 PM
‘Kitchen Witches,’ written by Caroline Smith,  is a comedy in which two culinary divas unfold the story of their 30 year rivalry over the man they both loved while preparing recipes that are seasoned with insults, mixed with laughs and served with a twist of love. Kitchen Witches creates some hilarious situations and memorable moments between two women who used to be friends and now have to share a cable network cooking show that could rival the TV shows of Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. Their thespian cookery is made to order for a night of unforgettable comedic theatre performed by … (4 comments)

localism: Downtown Commercial District Revitalization Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/20/09 10:03 AM
Port Orford has chosen to participate in the Oregon ‘Main Street' program, a statewide initiative to revitalize commercial districts through the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
According to the Department's website, the underlying premise of Main Street is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today's marektplace. This approach advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowermanet, and the rebuilding of traditional districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community.
The Main Street program, in partnership with the National Trust Main … (0 comments)

localism: Dark Skies & Inspiring Nightscapes in Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/19/09 04:48 PM
Port Orford is a small town on the southwest coast of Oregon with a population of approximately 1200 people. Our town has a small business district and only 1 major highway, Hwy 101, going through it. Members of the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society and other concerned residents were moved to action in 2005. They wanted to preserve and protect our natural Dark Sky heritage. They conducted a lighting assessment and learned that the comparatively small amount of lighting infrastructure that we do have was poorly designed and it was polluting our night skies.  Over the next few years after identifying the problem … (0 comments)

localism: Valentine's Day Mardi Gras - Sold-Out - And the Good Times Rolled - 02/18/09 06:35 PM
The Port Orford Arts Council (POAC) had its annual fund raising event at the Port Orford Community Hall. The decorating committee did an excellent job painting panels that made our community center feel like a street in New Orleans with balconies, doorways,  wrought iron railings, and shuttered windows. There were hand made masks for guests who didn't come in costume and there were beads, streamers, and table art that included alligators, snakes, and percussion instruments.
Julie Hawthorne and her "Kitchen Angels," Laurie Prouty, Joyce Kinney, and Deanna Kreuter pepared a tastey jambalaya with red beans and rice, a spicey slaw, and corn … (0 comments)

localism: Local Agents vs Out of Town Agents - 02/18/09 05:49 PM
In our town approximately 75% of the properties are listed by local agents and approximately 88% of the clients who buy in our town worked with a local agent. We have both Sellers Agents and Buyers Agents yet there are some sellers and some buyers who choose to work with out of town agents.
If you are a Seller and you list with a local agent your agent or one of their office colleagues is almost always available to service your listing by:
Being available when required at showings to answer questions about property boundaries, the well, the septic system, Seller's … (7 comments)

localism: Some Interesting Trivia About Oregon on Her 150th Birthday - 02/14/09 05:20 PM
Oregon entered the Union on February 14, 1859, as state number 33.
I have read three different explanations for how Oregon got its name and three different definitions of what the name means. The explanation and the definition I like are written below.
In, French, Oregon means hurricane a name formally applied to the Columbia River.
The following trivia facts came from statesymbolsusa.org
The State Motto is: She Flies With Her Own Wings.
The State Bird is the Western Meadowlark.

 
The State Animal is the Beaver.

The State Flower is the Oregon Grape Flower.

The State Tree … (0 comments)

localism: You've Purchased Your Home - Now You Need Services Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/04/09 05:05 AM
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a home in the southern Oregon coastal village of Port Orford. So now you need to set up service accounts for utilities and other residential services. Here is a list of numbers that you will need:
Coos Curry Electric Co-Op ............... 541-332-3931 City Hall -Water & Sewer ................. 541-332-4251 Verizon Telephone & DSL ............... 800-483-4000 Curry Transfer - Trash & Recycling ... 800-826-9801 Port Orford Post Office ................... 541-332-4251 Port Orford Schools ........................ 541-348-2291 Port Orford Planning ...................... 541-332-4251 Curry County Planning ................... 541-247-3304 Sterling Bank ................................ 541-332-0187 Chetco Federal Credit Union ............ … (2 comments)

localism: Enjoy the Lowest Property Tax Rate in the State Port Orford, OR 97465 - 02/04/09 03:47 AM
The county with the lowest average tax rate in the state of Oregon continues to be Curry County. Jim Kolen, County Assessor, reports that in the tax year 2006/2207 the county's average tax rate was $8.90 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The statewide average was $15.20 per thousand. The county with the next lowest average tax rate was Josephine where the average tax rate was $9.50 per thousand. According to our Assessor, statewide the cost of county government averages approximately 17% of the property tax bill. In Curry County the cost averages 6.58% of our property tax bills.
Jim Kolen explained that … (0 comments)

localism: Wind and Rain Festival Port Orford, OR 97465 - 01/22/09 04:05 PM
Port Orford is located at the north end of the Southern Oregon Coast ‘Banana Belt.’ Our winter storms come in on the 'Pineapple Express' from Hawaii.
Locals in Port Orford take pride in our weather and frequently joke about our 'Wind and Rain Festival; which they will say with a smile starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December each year. Personally, I love the wind, rain, and moderate 'Banana Belt' temperatures in Port Orford. However, I think anyone considering a move to this area or a vacation during the fall or winter should understand the minimum, maximum, and average … (0 comments)

localism: I Enjoy Blogs That… - 01/11/09 05:15 PM
This is my list of the top 10 things I enjoy about a Blog
1.  Educate me about new technologies.
2.  Provide tips, tricks, and techniques that will help me work smarter.
3.  Re-enforce my awareness of an issue and its impact.
4.  Analyze trends and share insights from their analysis
5.  Address controversial issues.
6.  Stimulate a dialog between the original poster and the readers who leave comments; and I like it even
     more when the readers who comment start to dialog with each other.
7.  Share a personal experience.
8.  Share endearing photos and stories about their … (6 comments)

localism: Horseback Riding and Camping at the Beach Port Orford, OR 97465 - 12/30/08 08:24 AM
Imagine yourself on your horse galloping along the beach in a place that time forgot. The sun is shining. The waves are rolling in with a quiet roar. The sea breeze is blowing your hair. You feel free and enlivened as you breathe the ocean air and splash through the shallow surf waters as they recede back into the ocean.
Discover the horse camps along the beach at two of Oregon's State Parks
Cape Blanco State Park has a horse camp with eight primitive sites, four single-horse corrals and two shared corrals, each accommodating two horses. On horseback, follow a seven-mile … (0 comments)

 
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